updated 12:10 pm EDT, Tue May 4, 2010
Light Peak can relay two video feeds at once
Intel used a new European research event today to show a working example of its Light Peak transfer standard on a notebook. The Brussels-based test partly reflect demos conducted in the past but showed the portable streaming both the video feed of the screen's desktop and two HD video feeds at the same time. Neither suffered visible lag compared to what was shown on the notebook's own display.
Intel CTO Justin Rattner explained that "multiple" displays can be handled by Light Peak and should scale to high levels due to the fiber optic nature of Light Peak. In its first incarnation, it will run about twice as quickly as USB 3.0 at 10Gbps per second, but plans exist to ramp it up to 100Gbps or more in the long term.
The technology isn't due to reach PC builders' hands until late this year and likely won't be in shipping computers until early 2011 at the soonest. It nonetheless stands to significantly change how computers handle external ports and could be used either to put multiple interfaces on a single connection or as a dedicated connection of its own. One rumor has Apple involved in the standard and making Light Peak-equipped Macs, although the fall 2010 target is now likely inaccurate. [via PC Pro]